The TLC team is made up of full and part-time staff who are committed to the provision of learning supports for all George Brown College students. The TLC's main focus is on literacy and numeracy skills and the development of said skills to support course learning throughout all college programs. Read on below to see how the skill and experience of our team further our united goal of making learning accessible for all of our students.
Kasia (she/her) is the Manager of the TLC Services and Assessment Centre Services. She has a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature and a Master’s degree in Leadership in Higher Education. Her extensive experience includes teaching, assessment, and leadership of academic support services. She’s fortunate to work with a great team of TLC Advisors and Peer Tutors to help GBC students along their journey of learning at GBC.
Katharine (she/her) is the TLC Advisor at Waterfront campus. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Writing and a PhD in Literature. She has been teaching academic and professional writing, literature, ESL, and research workshops for over ten years. In addition, she has also worked as a Writing Instructor at three writing centres: University of Toronto, York University and the University of New Brunswick. She enjoys helping students better understand the research and academic writing process.
Qasim (he/him) is the advisor at the Casa Loma campus. He has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree in Urban Planning and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development. Since 2010, he has taught ESL and English courses at the University of Toronto, Seneca College, and George Brown College. He is passionate about English language teaching and learning how to help students excel in and enjoy their studies.
Amanda (she/her) is the TLC advisor at the St. James campus. She is OCT Certified (Ontario College of Teachers) and holds a BA in English Language and Literature, a BEd, and a Master’s degree in Education (curriculum and pedagogy). Amanda has nearly a decade of experience in secondary schools across the GTA. Within the public and private sector, Amanda enjoyed a variety of roles such as English Department Head, Student Success Teacher, and Assistant Soccer Coach. Between these roles, Amanda also travelled around Southeast Asia where she volunteered in a Thai school and ran literacy workshops across Singapore.
Chelsey (she/her) is one of the Math Advisors here at the TLC. She spends her time at all three of our locations. She has a degree in biology, a bachelor of education, and a Master’s of Professional Education in the field of Mathematics Education. Chelsey has been teaching and supporting students for over ten years now and especially enjoys helping students who struggle with mathematics to reach their full potential.
Sandra (she/her) is the Course Success Coordinator, supporting the TLC and students at the Centre for Business. She has a Bachelor of Science (biology and mathematics), a Bachelor of Education, and a Professional Master of Education (classroom specialist). Her experience as a teacher and tutor exceeds 20 years, working in both private and public secondary schools in Toronto. Sandra enjoys engaging students by using different learning strategies to help them feel capable and successful.
Sharon(she/her) is the TLC's Administrative Program Support. Responsible for administrative work, promotional operations, onboarding, and start-ups. Sharon has her George Brown College diploma in Fitness and Health Management. She has been working at GBC for over 9 years as a TA in the Fitness and Health promotions Program. Sharon has been working with students for many years and enjoys being part of their academic journey and continues to enjoy working with our students to help achieve their academic goals.
Sergio (he/they) is the TLC Math Programming Specialist with a physical desk at Casa Loma. They hold a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in mathematics from Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla and a PhD in mathematics from York University. They have taught mathematics at the high school, college, and university level, and have been tutoring from elementary to university level. They frequently visit different stages of math anxiety (depending on the area and topic of the trigger), but they’re ready to tame their anxiety with every new question they do not know how to answer.
Meighan (on leave) is the TLC Advisor at Casa Loma and Ryerson. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Toronto, and is an Ontario Certified English language teacher. In addition, Meighan is also a trained assessor for the CLBPT, and has previously held examiner status for IELTS. Meighan specializes in academic English, and with 9+ years in the education field, has a love for English and helping students achieve their language goals.
Michael (on leave) is the TLC Advisor at St. James campus. He has an M.A., a Teacher of Adults Certificate, TESL Ontario, CLBPT and CELBAN Assessor Certification, and is about to start working on a part-time M.Ed. in Language and Literacy Education at OISE. Michael has worked as a translator and an editor and has over twenty years of teaching experience. He has taught overseas as well as at Centennial College, Seneca College, George Brown College and York University. In his spare time, he likes reading and studying foreign languages.
In addition to the TLC Manager, and the TLC Advisors, each semester the TLC employs 3 co-op students from the University of Waterloo as full-time TLC Assistants. The TLC Assistants help the Advisors in the day-to-day running of the centre and ensure that our students receive the highest level of customer care. Each coordinator is with us for one semester, though many times they will return for additional work terms.
TLC Peer Tutors and Peer Leaders
The TLC employs close to 80 peer tutors across its three locations. The tutors are all GBC students who have demonstrated strong academic achievement, with many of them having completed other college or university programs before coming to GBC. Through the completion of the TLC Tutor Training and Development Program, certified as an International Tutor Training Program, TLC Tutors develop and enhance tutoring skills and strategies to effectively support students in reaching their academic goals. For more information on becoming a tutor, please visit Becoming a TLC Tutor or Peer Leader.